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ToDo ToDay: Nick Offerman, The Evens, and a Race Symposium at the D.C. JCC

"Ham" isn’t the first word you’d use to describe the comedy of Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman. He’s more about folksy, faux-masculine deadpan. When he brings the show to the Warner Theatre, he’ll deliver observations from his years in show business, plus a few references to the Parks and Rec gags that have dominated certain segments of Hulu for the past several years. Then throw in a guitar, banter with his wife Megan Mullally, and some brief male toplessness. Offerman may not be a ham, but he does go H.A.M. Nick Offerman performs at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at the Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. $29.50. (202) 783-4000. warnertheatredc.com. (Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

Get a sneak preview of upcoming chicken and doughnut restaurant GBD (Golden Brown Delicious) at Birch & Barley today beginning at 11 a.m. and ending when supplies run out. Offered at the pop-up are a fried chicken lunch box and gourmet doughnuts in packs of four (think boozy butterscotch and bacon and grapefruit-Campari old-fashioned). If you can't make it, don't fret—Birch & Barley will host another pop-up on the 22nd. Check out our post on the pop-up for more details. Birch & Barley, 1337 14th St. NW. (202) 567-2576. birchandbarley.com. (May Wildman)

OH AND ALSO

Tonight: Electronic dance band Ra Ra Rasputin performs at the Mansion at Strathmore's "Friday Night Eclectic" series tonight. 9 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, Rockville. $10.

Tonight: Have you missed Ian MacKaye since The Evens last played in Columbia Heights? Good news: they're back and playing tonight at St. Stephen's Church. Check out Joe Warminsky's recent review of their album, The Odds, before you go. 8 p.m. at St Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. $5.

Tonight: Local indie-electronic favorites The Caribbean, alongside Talk It and The Plums, perform at Comet Ping Pong. City Paper contributor Reese Higgins' recently featured Talk It's  "Cluck-Cluck" in our weekly One Track Mind column; take a listen. More details available on Facebook. 10 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5035 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10.

Saturday and Sunday: In connection with its current production of David Mamet's Race, Theater J will host a symposium on race in America. The discussion kicks off Saturday with a multimedia prologue called "Jackie Robinson Steals Home and Other Meditations on the Presidency," followed by an opening plenary that discusses the impact of race midway through the Obama presidency. Other discussions throughout the weekend highlight mixed race adoptions, the role of race in the legal system, and the case against David Mamet in the theater industry and the wider world. The symposium begins at 4 p.m. Saturday and continues throughout the weekend at the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $20 suggested donation for the opening program, $10 suggested donation for other panels.

Saturday: Bright Eyes songwriter Conor Oberst long ago moved past his feelings-fueled emo phase. Revisiting the post-punk nihilism of his briefly lived band Desaparecidos seems like a step back, until you realize its old fans are now old enough to publish somewhere other than LiveJournal. 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. Read more >>> (Ramon Ramirez)

Tonight, Saturday, and Sunday: Nothing screams romance like ballet based on a John Malkovich movie. At least, that's what the Washington Ballet is banking on this weekend, when they present choreographer David Palmer's version of "Dangerous Liasons." To Feb. 17 at the Harman Center for the Arts, 450 7th St. NW. $32 – $112. Read more>>> (Rebecca J. Ritzel)

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